Benetton Raises the Diversity Bar
The spring 2013 campaign for The United Colours of Benneton launched yesterday. As always, setting the bar for divrsity, the ads feature Alek Wek, Brazilian transgendered model Lea T and British boxing champ- sometimes model (of Chris Brown look alike fame), Dudley O’Shaughnessy.
Lea T., Alek Wek, and Others Bare It All for Benetton [The Cut]
Coach Expands to Women’s Wear
After finishing with a quarter that left sales in the negative for the first time in years, Coach had to develop a new strategy. The luxury accessories brand has hired Sandra Hill, who comes directly from Bonobos and prior to that Paul Smith. What has she been hired to do exactly? Well, to expand the brand into a full-blown women’s wear line. The brand plans to continue to make accessories a priority however.
Coach Hires Women’s Designer, Will Sell Clothes [The Cut]
Azzedine Alaïa Finally Releases a Fragrance
Azzedine Alaïa, the man who does things on his own terms has finally announced that he will be launching a signature fragrance, albeit 15 years later than expected. Alaïa has already signed a contract with Beaute Prestige, the company responsible for Jean Paul Gaultier’s infamous torso shaped fragrance bottle and Issey Miyake’s iconic fragrance of the nineties.
Surprise! Alaïa Is Going to Launch a Fragrance [The Cut]
KaufmanFranco Redesign the American Airlines Uniform
Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco of KaufmanFranco are the design duo selected to redesign the American Airlines uniforms for flight attendants, and customer service staff. The process, which will include initial sketches, focus groups and fit tests is said to take 18-24 months. This news comes after an announcement that the company plans to restructure the company after finding themselves bankrupt.
KaufmanFranco Designers Tapped for American Airlines Uniforms [WWD]
CFDA Exhibit Begins Tour
The CFDA’s “Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA” exhibit is going on tour. After debuting at the Fashion Institute of Technology last year, it will find a new home at the Boca Raton Museum of Art until April 21st. The Florida leg of the tour is sponsored by Neiman Marcus and will kick-off with a black-tie gala event at the museum, being held tomorrow. After Boca Raton, the exhibit will move to Las Vegas.
CFDA Taking Exhibition on the Road [WWD]